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Maryland Senate overrides some of governor's vetoes

Jan. 15, 2021 3:33 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate voted Friday to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a measure to fund a first-in-the-nation state board that focuses on making high-cost prescription drugs more affordable. It was among more than a dozen veto overrides approved by the Senate in the first week of...

Ontario Premier Doug Ford looks on as the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Canada is administered to personal support worker Anita Quidangen by registered nurse Hiwot Arfaso at The Michener Institute in Toronto on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Latest: Fla. lawyer in tobacco cases dies from COVID-19

Jan. 12, 2021 9:39 PM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Florida attorney Fred Levin, who won a major legal battle against the tobacco industry in the 1990s, has died several days after contracting the coronavirus. He was 83. An attorney at the Levin Papantonio Rafferty legal firm says Levin died Tuesday from complications of COVID-19, the...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus walks at a train station in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

The Latest: New Zealand visitors must show negative test

Jan. 11, 2021 11:57 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand will soon require that travelers from most countries show negative coronavirus tests before they leave for New Zealand. COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says New Zealand is in a fortunate position to have stamped out community spread of the virus, but takes...

Niche growers supply high-end marijuana market in Arizona

Jan. 10, 2021 7:00 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Inside a nondescript block building near Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, workers pack hundreds of vacuum-sealed glass jars with high-end marijuana. They will sell for a steep premium at medical dispensaries across the state. Nearby, thousands of marijuana plants are meticulously...

Marijuana is sold at Theory Wellness, a cannabis retail store, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, in South Portland, Maine. Cannabis has rocketed to the top of the state's agricultural crops, but the first few months of legal adult use sales have otherwise been without much fanfare. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine marijuana shops report brisk business despite pandemic

Jan. 9, 2021 7:35 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's rollout of legal marijuana sales has been muted compared with other states because of the coronavirus pandemic, but shops are reporting brisk business nonetheless. Maine wasn't able to replicate the grand opening scenes that have followed the first sales in other states. But...

Pot, virus and surplus mark South Dakota legislative session

Jan. 8, 2021 5:14 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Determined to defy the coronavirus, the South Dakota Legislature will convene for its 96th session on Tuesday in Pierre, where lawmakers will settle a state budget flush with one-time money from federal coronavirus funds, as well as figure what to make of voter-initiated measures...

'Zombie law' cited in court fight over Mississippi marijuana

Jan. 8, 2021 1:19 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Attorneys trying to block a Mississippi medical marijuana program say the state is using a “zombie law” about old congressional districts to defend how an initiative landed on the ballot. Voters in November approved Initiative 65, which requires the state Health...

Tucson hospital launches center for virus antibody treatment

Jan. 7, 2021 11:05 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Federal health officials are teaming up with a Tucson hospital to provide COVID-19 medicines that may help keep infected people out of the hospital. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Tucson Medical Center on Thursday began administering monoclonal antibody...

Shoppers wear masks as they walk around a shopping precinct in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. Masks have been made mandatory in shopping centers, on public transport, in entertainment venues such as a cinema, and fines will come into effect on Monday as the state government responds to the COVID-19 outbreak on Sydney's northern beaches, which is suspected to have also caused new cases in neighboring Victoria state. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Australia moves up vaccination start to February

Jan. 6, 2021 11:38 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is advancing the start of its coronavirus vaccination program to mid-February, with plans to inoculate 15% of the population by late March. The government had argued there was no reason for an emergency rollout that cut short usual regulatory processes as has occurred in the...

Lawsuit: Foster kids aren't protected from psychotropic meds

Jan. 6, 2021 4:58 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Health and Human Services allowed six foster children and others across the state to be given psychotropic drugs without appropriate safeguards or oversight, according to advocates who filed a federal lawsuit on their behalf. Child advocates contend in the...